CINCINNATI (AP) — Tyrique Jones scored 14 points and hauled in 18 rebounds and Xavier took control of a tight game down the stretch to pull out a 64-58 Big East Conference win over the Providence on Saturday night.
Before a capacity crowd of 10,575 at Xavier’s Cintas Center, Paul Scruggs scored 13 points, including two free throws with 27.5 seconds left to make it a two-possession game with a 63-58 lead. Zach Freemantle added 11 points for Xavier (16-8, 5-6), which has won three straight games. KyKyTandy finished with 10 points, all in the second half for the Musketeers.
Nate Watson scored 16 points to lead Providence (13-11, 6-5), which had won its last two games. Alpha Diallo added 14 points and David Duke finished with 12 for the Friars.
The game featured nine ties and 11 lead changes, the last on a Scruggs 3-pointer that gave Xavier a 52-49 lead with 7:46 left in the game.
Providence: The Friars missed a chance to move into a tie with Villanova and Creighton for second place in the Big East, three games behind Seton Hall.
Xavier: The Musketeers shook off an overtime loss to Marquette in their last home game and improved to 3-3 at home in the Big East.
Providence: The Friars stay on the road, playing St. John’s on Wednesday.
Xavier: The Musketeers travel a couple of hours west to Butler on Wednesday.
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